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15,000 watch fireworks from Waters' Edge

15,000 watched City of Culture fireworks from Waters' Edge Visitor Centre in Barton

6 January 2017

Around 15,000 people turned up at North Lincolnshire Council’s Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre to watch Hull City of Culture firework display on New Year’s Day.

The Visitor Centre opened as it provided a great vantage point to see the fireworks and the café was also open selling hot food and drinks.

Spectator said: “It was busy but made for a great atmosphere.”

Spectator said: “I’m really glad I went. It was good to be part of this once in a lifetime event.”

The award-winning Visitor Centre is set in Waters’ Edge Country Park in natural surroundings to attract wildlife. It’s open all year round.

Waters’ Edge Country Park is set in 110 acres of picturesque woodland, wetland and wildflower meadows, split over two sites. The first 86-acre site is home to the Visitor Centre. There are two sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), 10 ponds, native woodlands, seven walks around the park and two adventure playgrounds.

The second site is located across the Haven at the Humber Bridge Viewing Area and is home to our Humber Bridge Walk route, two adventure playgrounds, the Humber Bridge Viewing Area, wildflower meadows and woodland.

The Humber, one of Britain’s largest estuaries, supports abundant wildlife. Wildfowl occur in great numbers, while wading birds inhabit the mud of the foreshore and offshore.

In winter, Dunlin, Ringed and Grey Plover, Redshank, Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit all feed on the mud flats at low tide.

Further details about Waters’ Edge County Park and Visitor Centre can be found on our website or by calling the centre on 01652 631601.

Cllr Rob Waltham, deputy leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We knew it was going to be busy on the north bank, so we took the opportunity to open the centre so people could watch the fireworks from a distance. We hope that by doing this, it will encourage more people to come to the Centre. Barton is just across the Humber Bridge so those visiting Hull for City of Culture events don’t need to travel far to see what Barton and the rest of North Lincolnshire has to offer.

“There was a real buzz at the Visitor Centre on New Year’s Day. We expected it to be busy but never expected as many as 15,000 people. It was fantastic. We are really pleased with the turn-out and wish Hull the very best in its special year as City of Culture 2017.”

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First Published:06 January 2017